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Can Do! The Story of the Seabees


Published 1944
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Introduction 9
Cliapter I. HISTORY'S GREATEST CONSTRUCTION WAR 23
Chapter II. MEN AND MUD AT MUNDA 27
Chapter III. CAN DO AT GUADALCANAL 39
Chapter IV. THE "OTHER STORY" OF WAKE ISLAND 61
Chapter V. THE SEABEES ARE BORN 81
Chapter VI. BETWEEN PEARL HARBOR AND GUADALCANAL 89
Chapter VII. THE MAGIC BOX OF THE SEABEES 109
Chapter VIII. SEABEES AT SALERNO AND IN SICILY 123
Chapter IX. WE BUILD TWO ATLANTIC ROADS 145
Chapter X. "THE NORTHERN HIGHWAY TO VICTORY" 151
Chapter XI. THE STEVEDORE BATTALIONS 171
Chapter XII. SEABEE HUMOR AND INGENUITY 179
Chapter XIII. HOW THE SEABEES BUILT THE "RING AROUND RABAUL" 193
Chapter XIV. "OLD FAITHFUL" POINTS FOR TOKYO 203
Appendix I. AWARDS TO INDIVIDUALS 207
Appendix II. CASUALTIES AND MISSING IN ACTION 217
Appendix III. SEABEE POETRY 231
Index 243
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS (In a supplement at the back of the book)
PORTRAIT DRAWINGS By Charles R. Chickering
I. Foreword
II. Vice Admiral Ben Moreell
III. Rear Admiral L. B. Combs
IV. Capt. John R. Perry
V. Capt. Harry A. Bolles, Lts. Irwin W. Lee and Carl M. Olson, and Lt. ( jg) George W. Stephenson
VI. Warrant Officer David S. Thomas
VII. Machinists Mate J. W. "Hooligan" Maxwell
VIII. George R. Wendelken, Fireman first class
IX. Carpenters Mate James Whitlow
X. Machinist's Mate James Dee McLeod
PHOTOGRAPHS
XI. Foreword
XII. Air strip and Seabee camp at Munda, New Georgia Island
XIII. Mud at Rendova
XIV. Seabee tractor snakes up Long Tom at Rendova
XIV. Seabees get skilled medical and dental care
XV. Driving coconut palm piling at Guadalcanal
XVI. Moon helps night work on Solomons air strip
XVII. Chapel at Guadalcanal, and baptismal ceremony in Lunga River
XVIII. Jungle machine shop
XIX. After a tropical shower in the Solomons
XX. "Pony Chorus" of the Army's 10th Special Service Command, and Seabees' famed Snafu Syncopaters
XXI. Malaria control work on Guadalcanal
XXII. Forty-ton roller on a Solomons air strip
XXIII. Seabee electricians at work
XXIV. Sea line installations, Vunda Point, Fiji Islands
XXV. Coral pit at Espiritu Santo, and footbridge over a jungle stream
XXVI. Pontoon causeways and docks at Kwajalein invasion
XXVII. Pontoon dry dock at Funafuti
XXVIII. Pontoon causeway section being hoisted into side-cany position on LST
XXIX. Seventy-five-ton crane mounted on pontoon barge
XXX. Three-chair barbershop in operation at Munda
XXXI. Parking areas around an air strip, before and after
XXXII. Floating dry dock in construction and Naval Hospital at Trinidad
XXXIII. Repairing a floating dry dock and constructing barracks
XXXIV. First chow on Kiska
XXXV. Seabee anti-aircraft crew on watch in Aleutians
XXXVI. Portable machine shop in Aleutians
XXXVII. Flume box and pipe line built at Sitka, Alaska
XXXVIII. Air strip mat being laid over tundra in Aleutians
XXXIX. Tundra revetments built by Japs in Aleutians
XL. Improvising a soup bowl on Kiska beach
XLL Seabees a few days after landing on Attu
XLII. Joe E. Brown, Seabee favorite, performing in the Solomons
XLIII. Seabee stevedores unloading cargo at Bougainville
XLIV. The Bulldozer: Seabee symbol
XLV. A "sheepsfoot" roller
XL VI. Seabees teaching native to write
XLVIL Marine Drive, Seabee-built highway on Bougainville
XL VIII. Marines return Seabees' admiration
XLIX. Seabee Christmas, 1943, at Theresiennes Orphanage, Oran, Algeria
L. Seabee holds dog owned by twelve Japs who died in pillbox
LL Burial of 87th Battalion's first casualty
LIL Three views from Kwajalein Atoll
LIII. Seabees moving ashore at Cape Gloucester, New Britain
LIV. Seabees throwing up bridged Cape Gloucester
LV. Seabees working less than mile behind front at Bougainville
LVI. Seabees in "sick bay" in the Treasury Islands
LVII. Erecting prefabricated huts
LVIII. A "Seabee Wave"
LIX. Natives teach Seabee to weave palm leaf mats
LIIX. Clearing operations on airfield
LXI. Removing windrows of earth on airfield
LXII. Excavating hardstands on airfield
LXIII. Grading and rolling on airfield
LXIV. Surfacing on airfield
LXV. Bringing in first plane on completed airneld
LXVI. After the battle at Kwajalein
LXVII. Captain E. J. Spauldmg, who recruited the Seabees
LXVIII. End of a Japanese twin-engine dive bomber
LXIX. Seabees relax after the first shift on Island A
LXIX. Shaving is difficult on Island A
LXIX. Signpost on Island X
LXX. Seabee bingo game
LXXX. Huge land crab caught at Camp Williams
LXXII. Armistice Day, 1943, at Munda
ALL PICTURES ARE UNITED STATES NAVY PHOTOGRAPHS UNLESS OTHERWISE IDENTIFIED
Endpaper Maps by Ervine Metzl

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Year 1944
Pages 336
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